Complete Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Preview

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Complete Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Preview
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The Atlantic 10 Conference made plenty of headlines during the offseason with Butler and VCU joining the league from the Horizon League and CAA respectively. 

With the two mid-to-major powerhouses in the A-10 this season, plenty of teams looked to pull off upsets, and that is exactly what happened. 

The final competition between A-10 teams this season will determine who will advance to the tournament. 

When: March 14-17

Where: Barclays Center; Brooklyn, New York

TV: NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, CBS, Various Local Media Outlets

 

Seeding

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After defeating both Butler and VCU in the regular season, Saint Louis earned the honor of being named regular-season champion with a 13-3 record in conference play.

The most surprising seeding comes in the form of Brad Stevens, who missed out on a first-round bye, and his team was handed the fifth seed. 

Only 12 of the 16 teams in the conference qualified for the A-10 Tournament. Rhode Island, Fordham, St. Bonaventure and Duquesne all failed to advance to Brooklyn. 

Seed Team
1 Saint Louis
2 VCU
3 Temple
4 La Salle
5 Butler
6 UMass
7 Xavier
8 Richmond
9 Charlotte
10 St. Joseph's
11 George Washington
12 Dayton

 

Game Date TV
No. 8 Richmond vs. No.9 Charlotte March 14, 2013; 12:00 ET NBC Sports Network
No. 5 Butler vs. No. 12 Dayton March 14, 2013; 2:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network
No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 St. Joseph's March 14, 2013; 6:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network
No. 6 UMass vs. No. 11 George Washington March 14, 2013; 9 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network
No. 1 Saint Louis vs. Richmond/Charlotte Winner March 15, 2013; 12 p.m. ET Local Media Outlets
No. 4 La Salle vs. Butler/Dayton Winner March 15, 2013; 2:30 p.m. ET Local Media Outlets
No. 2 VCU vs. Xavier/St. Joseph's Winner March 15, 2013; 6:30 p.m. ET Local Media Outlets
No. 3 Temple vs. UMass/George Washington Winner March 15, 2013; 9 p.m. ET Local Media Outlets
Winner of Saint Louis Quarterfinal vs. Winner of La Salle Quarterfinal March 16, 2013; 1:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network
Winner of VCU Quarterfinal vs. Winner of Temple Quarterfinal March 16, 2013; 4 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network
Semifinal #1 Winner vs. Semifinal #2 Winner March 17, 2013; 1 p.m. ET CBS

The A-10 Tournament will be shown on a variety of networks this weekend and here is the link to the full broadcast schedule (via Atlantic10.com).

The conference also recently announced that Friday's quarterfinal games will be televised on a variety of media outlets depending on location (via Atlantic10.com).

 

Players to Watch

Khalif Wyatt, G, Temple

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Wyatt was honored for his efforts in the regular season on Tuesday, as he was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (via Atlantic10.com). 

Wyatt finished the regular season with a 30-point performance against VCU at home, but he was unable to boost his points per game total over 20. He finished the regular season with 19.9 points per game. 

The senior guard also proved during the regular season that he is able to show up in the big games, as he scored over 20 points in four of Temple's five games against ranked opposition. 

 

Rotnei Clarke, G, Butler

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Clarke suffered one of the scariest-looking injuries of the regular season against Dayton on January 12 and missed three games because of the neck injury he suffered in his hard fall to the court at the UD Arena. 

Since returning from injury on January 26, Clarke has not missed a beat and he has scored over 20 points four times in the 12-game span.

Clarke is one of the most dangerous three-point shooters in the nation, and if he gets on a roll in Brooklyn, the Bulldogs may be unstoppable.

 

Briante Weber, G, VCU

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Weber is not a player that will put up big numbers offensively, but his efforts on the defensive end of the ball were enough to earn him the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year crown. 

VCU is known for their pressing style of defense that causes plenty of teams trouble in March. 

Just ask Butler how dangerous Weber and the Rams can be on the defensive end. Against Butler on March 2, the Rams forced the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers. 

 

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